These are the Newest Food Terms Officially in the Dictionary

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The world seems to have gone mad for matcha in recent years, and the dictionary is finally catching up. This past week, the Merriam-Webster wordbook added 530 new terms to its vocabulary and of them, nine pertain to food and drink.

“We need to see lots of evidence of use for a new word to be added to the dictionary,” said Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster’s Editor at Large. “Some of these words have been around for a while, but this batch also has terms that have come into the language very recently. Some terms are adopted into the language very quickly, and those terms need to be defined.”

The new edible terms making their way into the lexicon include:

Halloumi – used for a white, brine-cured Cypriot cheese made usually from a mixture of sheep’s and goat’s milk

Matcha – a green powder made from ground green tea leaves that is used to make tea and other beverages and as a flavouring agent

Concasse – food that has been roughly chopped

Cidery – a place where cider is produced

Meadery – a place where mead is produced

Chana – a dish made from chickpeas

Royal icing – a type of icing composed of sugar, egg whites, and sometimes flavouring or colouring that dries to a hard glaze and is used for decorating baked goods

Tallboy – a tall cylindrical can for beverages (such as beer) usually measuring 16 fluid ounces

Quaffer – one who quaffs a beverage

Is it just us who is surprised that halloumi only cracked now?!